Microsoft unveils IE9 public preview

By Jos ยท 42 replies
Mar 16, 2010
  1. Microsoft is showing an early preview of Internet Explorer 9 today at its MIX10 developer conference. The forthcoming release will supposedly mark a major change from previous versions, focusing heavily on performance improvements and standards support -- particularly HTML 5 and SVG. It will also make full use of hardware acceleration for rendering graphics, while a new JavaScript engine, code-named Chakra, compiles JavaScript in the background on a separate CPU core if available.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    "The development team is committing to delivering an update to the browser code every eight weeks, putting the first such update in mid-May, and to interact with developers via the Microsoft Connect feedback loop as the company moves toward a more full featured beta."

    In other words, they're still two years behind FireFox and Chrome. :p
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Heh... Good point, TomSEA... And also only available for Vista and/or Win7??? Is that just the pre-release, or are they planning to use that as another method to try to bludgeon everyone into upgrades? :)
  4. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 336   +199

    Internet Explorer 9 could come with a brand new unicorn for free with each download and I still wouldn't use it.

    And another thing, Hotmail, quit telling me that my browser isn't up to date just because I use Chrome. It's like seeing an ex with your new girlfriend and your ex being snotty to your new girl. It's childish Hotmail, I don't care if you like my new browser or not.
  5. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    If they can offer the proper security, features, and speed that I expect from a browser, I will try it out. I keep a copy of IE8 on my PCs as a backup browser anyhow, so I might as well update them to IE9.
  6. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Despite Microsoft's poor track record with IE, they've had a great track record overall, especially in recent years (in my opinion). I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of overhaul they bring to IE9. They've set the bar as low as it can go with previous versions of IE, so we may be pleasantly surprised with the next rendition.
  7. buendia

    buendia TS Rookie Posts: 29

    Good! They are not wasting any time.
    IE really needs performance improvements. It's the slowest browser on my system.
  8. EduardsN

    EduardsN TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I will give it a try if its fast enough, but for now I will stick with Chrome!
    And firefox is getting pretty slow! yes :)
  9. Renegeek

    Renegeek TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    I wish IE would permently disapear... I'v never liked ie, always been bloted and crashed.
  10. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    if the new ie is fast and more secure then i wud surely give it a try!
    but as of now i m stickin to opera 10.5!
    i have always hated ie! ( though i dunno y? )
    first i used chrome but it used to hang a lot!
    so shifted to opera!
    never used firefox!
  11. Kovach

    Kovach TS Rookie Posts: 44

    They are making smart move with implementing such a future like that JavaScript is compile separate in the background with another core of CPU. I think that they just need a little push up with real developers. They need to work more on security issues.
  12. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    Oh man that whole thing made me laugh :D. Although I have to ask: why hotmail....ewwww :D

    But I agree, won't touch IE 9 with a 10ft stick. I'll stick with my FF.
  13. jasonk1229

    jasonk1229 TS Rookie Posts: 58

    Definitely trying to be more chrome and firefox like
  14. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    At first I thought it was just the pre-release, but this Cnet article suggests the final version won't work with XP either -- mind you it will be a ~10-year old operating system by then. IE 9 is still a long way off so we'll see.
  15. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    If they allowed/support Ad-Block it wouldn't be as bad of a browser. Just to many viruses/pop-ups with out it.
  16. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    as long as we have choices & good adversity, OK for me i shall use all for different purposes, like I've always been doing. Chrome for most stuffs requiring some gotcha thingy, My Firefox overloaded with plugins & a bookmark bar that goes way down the road for my favorite video games trailers & blog & IE6 (yes i didn't upgrade) on 1 windows & IE8 on another for usual simple stuff on some specific sites.

    it's all the best in all worlds

  17. rajmond

    rajmond TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Maybe they will make it more secure then the previous version (IE 8)...which means new internet explorer=new internet explorer threats!
  18. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 116

    There are alot of IE haters here , but I am looking forward to the full release because I think it's a pretty good browser over all, and lately with IE 8 really good so lets just wait and see it could be the W7 of Microsoft's IE meaning it could change everything for IE popularity.
  19. rhgarne

    rhgarne TS Rookie

    First and foremost, I have never liked IE, no matter what release! MS likes to bundle it so you really have no control over it. IE has been and always will be a piece of crap!!! IE9 will probably be the same with more "crap" added on.. I believe real "Techies" use browser/mail clients "they" install on "their" equipment. Personally, I use Firefox & Thunderbird and disable as much of IE as possible. Unfortunately, some valued sites require one to use IE....
  20. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I'm really into the idea of the JavaScripts running on another core, resource hungry java is like the cookie monster comes to computerland :p
  21. drasho

    drasho TS Enthusiast Posts: 62

    for the person that says that dosnt like ie... that because u just hate microsoft and refuse to try their product... =P it true ie sucked before but now their putting it together and it pretty decent with hte release 8... firefox, chrome, ie ... it just a matter of preference now because they are all fast and work well
  22. ain77

    ain77 TS Rookie

    I look forward to the beta soon. Always liked IE. Still speed is slow compared to other browsers. Hope this can improve.
  23. theoscentral

    theoscentral TS Rookie Posts: 17

    I'm loving it! As a web developer, I'm digging the HTML5 integrations
  24. There are times you do not know why in the world some software are installed on your system. This is the case with IE, Window media player, and some other added " useless software from Microsoft. Seriously, why don't they just make IE an open source to let smart programmer handle the dirty job MS has failed to do? I will be willing to spend my time trying to improve it but for the sake of Xst let people enjoy a crap free browser
  25. pipopaz

    pipopaz TS Rookie Posts: 70

    I think part of the reason is because half of the security vulnerabilities come from previous IE like 6 and so on, heck even some still in the latest one. Maybe they are trying to make it more secure with a more recent OS?
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